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From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Sunday, June 4, 2000, 5:23
Tom Wier wrote:
> Why? If you're creating a constructed language, what's the difference > between giving the conlang a case system or grammaticalized possessive > pronouns and giving it gender categories?
Perhaps, but all of the auxlangs I've seen use categories that are present in the languages of the societies they're intended for. I haven't seen any that, for instance, added a dual category. I'm just saying that I would be doubtful that an auxlang would be invented with genders other than what exist in the languages of the peoples it's intended to be for, like the way that Esperanto duplicated the male/female/neuter system in its pronouns, but not, say "human" and "non-human". Non-auxlang conlangs are another matter entirely, of course. :-) -- Yawíntasva natabí, plansafí nlakús The boy dies giving birth to the man ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor